Walter D. Conwell, MD, MBA
- Education and Training
BS, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University
MD, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
MBA, Healthcare Administration, University of Colorado Business
Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center
Chief Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Chicago Medical Center
Fellowship, Clinical Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado
Research Fellowship, Department of Endocrinology, University of Colorado
Administrative Fellowship, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University of Colorado
Fellowship, Clinical Sleep Medicine, University of Colorado
Dr. Walter D. Conwell came to Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine from the Colorado Permanente Medical Group (CPMG), where he served as the Physician Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. He has contributed as a member of the Kaiser Permanente School of Medicine’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee during the School’s startup phase. Over the course of his career, Dr. Conwell has received numerous clinical service and teaching awards. In addition, he has spearheaded several projects aimed at enhancing the STEM educational pipeline for underrepresented populations, including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Summer Medical Education Program (SMEP).
- Prior Positions (selected)
- 2006–2009MemberUniversity of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine Admissions Committee2007–2011MemberUniversity of Chicago Department of Medicine Diversity Committee2010Program CoordinatorChicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP)2014–2015MemberUniversity of Colorado School of Medicine Scholarship Committee2015–2018Volunteer Clinical Faculty and LecturerUniversity of Colorado School of Medicine2016–2018Sleep Core Co-ChairAmerican Thoracic Society Education Committee2016–2018Medical Director, Sleep Medicine and Outpatient Sleep DiagnosticsColorado Permanente Medical Group2017–2019Physician Director of Diversity, Equity, and InclusionColorado Permanente Medical Group
- Honors and Awards (selected)
- 2007Campus Life and Leadership AwardUniversity of Chicago Medical Center/ Pritzker School of Medicine2007Pritzker Leadership AwardUniversity of Chicago Medical Center/ Pritzker School of Medicine2007Graduation with HonorsUniversity of Chicago Medical Center/ Pritzker School of Medicine2010, 2011Hilger Perry Jenkins Award for TeachingUniversity of Chicago Medical Center/ Pritzker School of Medicine2012Fellow of the Year AwardUniversity of Colorado Department of Medicine2013Graduate Chapter Gold Humanism Honor SocietyUniversity of Colorado
- Publications (selected)
Peer-reviewed research manuscripts
Press VG, Pincavage AT, Pappalardo AA, Baker DC, Conwell WD, Cohen JC, Hoyte FL, Johnson ME, Prochaska MH, Vela MB, Arora VM. The Chicago Breathe Project: A Regional Approach to Improving Education on Asthma Inhalers for Resident Physicians and Minority Patients. J Natl Med Assoc. (2010) vol. 102 pp. 48–55.
Press VG, Pappalardo AA, Conwell WD, Pincavage AT, Prochaska MH, Alexander-Young M, Arora VM. Interventions to Improve Outcomes for Minority Adults with Asthma: A Systematic Review. J Gen Intern Med (2012) vol. 27 (8) pp. 1001–1015.
Conwell WD, Patel B; Doeing D, Pamidi S, Ghods F, Knutson K, Mokhlesi B. Prevalence, clinical features, and CPAP adherence in REM-related sleep-disordered breathing: a cross-sectional analysis of a large clinical population. Sleep Breath (2012) vol. 16 (2) pp. 519–26.
Conwell WD, Lee-Chiong T. Sleep Apnea, Chronic Sleep Restriction, and Inflammation: Perioperative Implications. Sleep Med Clin (2013) vol. 8 (1) pp. 11–21.
Conwell WD, Josephson SA, Lee H, Saint S, Janssen WJ, MD. Weak in the Knees: NEJM (2013) vol. 369 (5) pp. 459–64.
Conwell WD, Tsai S. Managing Comorbid Illness in Obstructive Sleep Apnea- What Can We Learn from Other Diseases. Sleep Med Clin (2016) vol. 11 pp. 313–21.
Jamil S, Conwell WD, et al. ATS Core Curriculum 2017: Part I. Adult Sleep Medicine. Ann Am Thorac Soc (2017) vol 14 (Supplement_2) S150–S164.